During the invasion of Sicily in World War II, General George Patton was preparing to take the city of Palermo. He checked with his meteorologists and learned the day he had chosen would be incredibly rainy. So he issued an order to place copies of the New York 'Times' immediately beneath the tailgates of the transports carrying his troops. In this way the men could keep their feet dry.
His staff was mystified. Why the "Times"? Why not the New York
"Daily News"? Patton was adamant, and one did not argue with the
As five tons of old copies of the "Times" were being loaded, the
General issued one of his greatest quotes to the assembled war
correspondents: "these are the 'times' that dry men's soles."